I wrote a bot to fetch the information for a thread by going through every page. One thing I learned is that spreadsheets get slow when there is too much data, but it still suffices nonetheless. In theory, the bot gathers enough data to be able to plot how many letter "e"s are posted, but I doubt this is very useful.
Here's a couple plots for this thread
:Posts over timePosts over the UTC dayPosts over the UTC week (Mon-Sun)Posts by author
If this bot would benefit you for any topic, I can run it for any specific topic or limited sets of topics. For anything more advanced (e.g., entire boards), I would be glad to send you the source code.
Yeah, I looked and it seems that they are highly correlated, but the forum activity definitely lags the price changes. Still, it shows that the price is going to be mostly affected by hype and the number of people involved.
but is the lag cause mtgox host the forums, so when they get hit with alot of traffic the forums slow up as well it hard to tell
Mt. Gox only relatively recently begun hosting the forums, so I doubt this is the case.